The Right to Remain Silent

Submitted by ub on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:17

This was never meant for members of Congress, who are no longer doing their jobs. More about that later.

It is designed to offer equal justice under the law. As US celebrates the 50th anniversary on June 13, it’s easy to forget the origin and purpose.

Miranda was the culmination of 30 years of Supreme Court cases that were designed to protect criminal suspects from abuse in police interrogations. The earliest of these decisions prohibited violence and torture.

The first concern was to prevent confessions that are “unreliable”—that is, false. In 1966, false confessions seemed like a rare problem.

Today, fifty years later, we have seen hundreds of innocent defendants who confessed to terrible crimes after they received Miranda warnings. It’s a good time to take stock.

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you GOD.

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